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RTA claims – no lawyers

The Gazette reports that the MoJ has issued a consultation as to how to create an IT platform to enable unrepresented litigants to progress their own claim.

The Civil Liability Act 2018 introduces changes which are scheduled to come into force in April 2020 which will reduce damages levels for RTA claims. This will be enforced alongside a new £5,000 small claims limit for soft tissue injuries. The result will be that lawyers will effectively be removed from this process as legal costs for any claim within this category will not be recoverable.

The government consultation is seeking views on:

  • expanding MedCo’s remit to cover initial medical reports for all RTA-related personal injury claims under £5,000;
  • whether to widen the type of medical expert who can be registered on the MedCo system;
  • whether to extend the existing fixed cost medical report regime for medical reports; and
  • the procedure for unrepresented claimants to obtain medical evidence.

Whether the lawyers who are affected will be turkeys voting for Christmas and are willing to contribute to the consultation is another matter. See www.lawgazette.co.uk (18 April 2019).

 

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